Monthly Archives: July 2017

July 15, 22, & 29 + August 5, 2017: bell hooks: Desire, Education, Freedom

Word Up welcomes the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research for a course on bell hooks. Past BISR courses at Word Up have focused on James Baldwin and Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. The course “bell hooks: Desire, Education, Freedom” is taught by Asma Abbas.
bell hooks is one of the foremost contemporary thinkers addressing questions of gendered, racial, and economic liberation, pioneering the social application of ideas about marginality that are now commonplace in both academic and popular discourse. Feminist liberation, for hooks, must push past victimization narratives and exclusivity to become a deeply inclusive critique, aimed at general emancipation from the interlocked systems of patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism. hooks does not limit or style her critique to academic questions but rather pushes public intellectual engagement and incisive cultural criticism, encouraging readers to question the comfortable center — from popular culture to political life. hooks wants us to ask, in particular, about the role of education and cultural life in understanding our own desires. Can we educate ourselves, our very desires, toward freedom? Even towards a freedom from what often attaches us to our own domination?

This course will move through bell hooks’ multi-genre oeuvre that addresses racism, patriarchy, and capitalism, as she argues for an inversion of systems of power and priority, placing the marginalized, the wounded, and the excluded at the centre of our actions, arts, theories, sensibilities, and insurgencies. We will read, listen, and watch from Ain’t I a Woman, Teaching to Transgress, Feminism is For Everybody, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Centre, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies, and more.

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bell hooks: Desire, Education, Freedom
Course by Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
4 Saturdays: July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

July 28 – Warrior Queen’s Women Open Mic

Warrior Queen Initiative will be hosting a women’s open mic that will feature all female and gender nonconforming performers. All audience members welcome to enjoy the poetry, music and perhaps some comedy.

Warrior Queen’s Women Open Mic
Friday, July 28, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

July 14 – Reading: Spanish Coffee Black, No Sugar

In 2015, A.B. Lugo, award winning actor and playwright, suffered through the deaths of his parents only months apart. To cope with his grief, he dedicated himself to writing a poem for each week of 2016. Little did he know he would be chronicling an historic year, one of social strife and tragedy that would culminate in the election of a man whose movement brings new awareness and fear to A.B. as an Afro-Puerto Rican. Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar, much like its title, is a bitter experience, as life can be, but also one that gives us the energy and power to make it through each day. More worn, for sure, but also stronger, and hopefully, wiser. A collection of poems influenced by history and inspired by the depths of the soul, Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar is as unforgettable as the year it chronicles.”

A.B. Lugo is a writer and performer. Some of his poetry can be found in the anthology Me No Habla With Acento (Rebel Satori Press). This is his first published collection of poetry.

Reading: Spanish Coffee Black, No Sugar
Friday, July 14, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032